Cliff Avril isn't going to give Lions a hometown discount
Cliff Avril is a likely target to get the franchise tag in Detroit but if he does get a long-term contract extension it won’t be with a hometown discount.
The defensive end wants to stay with the Lions and he wants to be paid as he sets to enter free agency March 13. The Lions could very well place the franchise tag on him before then.
“I just want to be paid as one of the guys that's helping the team grow," Avril said on Sirius/XM NFL Radio, according to the Detroit Free Press. "I want to be there. We have a young D-line. But I know it's a business, and you only hit free agency once or twice in your career, so you definitely have to take advantage of it."
But he wants to return at full price. Make no mistake about that.
"There's no such thing as a hometown discount in the NFL," he said. "Once you can't play anymore, they're going to let you go, so you definitely have to strike gold when you can.
"That said, if they and another team present the same thing, I'd definitely stay with the Lions. I kind of think the Lions will try to do the right thing, I guess. A lot of teams don't think the Lions will let me hit free agency. But a few teams have called."
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